Play! by Sephora Review – March 2016
Play! by Sephora is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription. Each month they send you six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.
FYI – Play! by Sephora is currently in waitlist mode. Make sure to sign up, and check back on their site to see if you’ve been accepted. (I know a few readers mentioned not getting an email that they were off the waitlist, but when they entered their email address again on the site, they were accepted.)
I really wish Sephora would be transparent about how their waitlist system works. It clearly isn’t first in first out. And I believe some current members were able to share invites with friends a month ago, and those people got ahead in line.
In conclusion – the Play! by Sephora waitlist is VERY frustrating/confusing, but when you finally get in, if you are anything like me, your reaction will be something like:
Now onto the beautiful box!
I absolutely love the packaging of this subscription!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Play! by Sephora
The Cost: $10
The Products: Six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.
Ships to: US
The info booklet for this subscription is one of the best I’ve seen, and I love that it has useful tips and illustrations for applying makeup/using your produts.
And subscribers get a Play! card to take into their local Sephora store:
With the card, you get in store tutorials on how to use the products in the box, and 50 extra beauty insider points with any in-store purchase.
(Sponge pictured below.)
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – 20 ml Value $6
This cleanser is super gentle and fragrance-free. It has a natural cucumber scent, though, which I love!
I normally use the Beauty Blender, but I might actually like this sponge more! It doesn’t absorb as much product as Beauty Blender does, and I like the two different sizes – the smaller end is great for application under eyes and around the nose.
If you aren’t familiar with this type of makeup sponge, you wet it, squeeze out any excess water, then “bounce” the sponge – not rub – to apply foundation. It’s the most flawless way I’ve found to apply liquid foundation – I love it!
Sephora also included a mini container to get a foundation sample in your Sephora store:
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – .007 oz Value $6.65
I’ve always wanted to try the Kat Von D makeup line, and I’m pretty impressed! The eyeliner is super easy and smooth to apply. And it doesn’t budge after it sets! I had to apply it twice to get a super pigmented black line, though. (Swatched with just one application below.)
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – 4 ml Value $5.50
I’ve sampled this before thanks to Ipsy and I like it! I believe the trick is to let it fully absorb before applying makeup. I’ve followed that instruction and I’ve had no issues!
Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – .17 oz Value $11
This product is designed to be part sunscreen, part primer and moisturizer. I like it as a primer, and it smells great, but I didn’t notice any “blurring” effects. It’s pricey too, ($65 for 1 oz), so I’ll use this sample up, but I won’t be buying the full-size version.
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk – 1.2 Value $2.50
This is a new fragrance to me, and I think I like it? (I’m super picky when it comes to perfumes – I usually don’t wear any.)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $44. I think that’s great for a $10 box, and I’m so happy with the brands included, and the presentation of the box! I haven’t tried the in-store experiences that go along with this subscription yet, though. If you have – let us know if you felt they added value to the subscription!
What do you think of Play! by Sephora?